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Mexican supercar can’t be damaged

Plastic-like body can be greatly deformed without losing its properties

Published: November 5, 2015, 8:00 AM
Updated: November 9, 2015, 4:01 PM

Inferno Exotic Car

Those online image galleries and videos of drivers scrunching up their Corvettes, Ferraris and Lamborghinis may be things of the past if a Mexican company can take its supercar into production.

Mexico’s LTM Hot Spot, a venture capital collective, is backing a project from the Technological Institute of Monterrey in Puebla to build a supercar cloaked in an innovative “impact-proof” body. Five years in the making, the Inferno Exotic Car uses a patented new material referred to as “metal foam,” a zinc/aluminum/silver alloy developed by scientists at the Institute.

The makers claim the elastic material can be deformed more than 100 times its original size without losing its properties and if damaged, can be reformed and reused up to10 times.

“We believe this material is suitable for manufacturing luxury sports cars,” said LTM spokesman Manuel Llaguno, adding that the firm believes the Inferno will end up being produced in Italy by companies such as Lamborghini, which already specializes in high-end sports cars. “The market for luxury sports cars is a competitive one, and we want to guarantee the success of this new vehicle.”

While declining to speculate on the potential price tag for the car, Llanguno did reveal that the car is powered by 1,400-hp engine capable of propelling the lightweight vehicle to a top speed of 395 km/h, and from zero to 100 km/h in less than 3 seconds.

The Inferno Exotic Car will have its public debut at Mexico City’s Expo Automotriz Santa Fe (Santa Fe Automotive Expo) at the beginning of December 2015.